Yesterday I was finally able to get to a meeting of the Philly Modern Quilt Guild. I’ve missed the 1st two, so I definitely didn’t want to miss this one. Especially after I made my House in the Night pillow for the occasion. It was great to put some faces to the blogs I read and hang out with these very cool ladies. And I got tons of inspiration from the pillow theme. Forgive the terrible pictures, I didn’t have my regular camera with me.

Julie of Jaybird Quilts, our fearless leader, brought a couple of the pillows she made for this Moda Bake Shop tutorial with Quilt Dad, and now I’m determined to replace the gross bed pillows I use for laying around on the couch. I may even make one for my niece Grace, who loves to flop down on the ottoman I made every time she comes over. She’d love her own giant pillow.

And some of the ladies brought quilts they’re working on or recently finished.

Candi of Raccoon Creek Quilts (love her blog!) brought this half square triangles quilt she just finished using Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley fabric. It is seriously awesome.

Then after the meeting it was time for the annual Nutley Rotary Beefsteak Dinner. This meant I had to drive clear across the state of NJ, folks. And sit in traffic for quite a while doing it. I left the meeting around 3 and got to my mom’s at 5:30 (with a rest area stop in between–I hadn’t eaten lunch yet!). I was completely exhausted, but nothing could keep down the excitement for the beefsteak. After last year’s big win for our stegosaurus in the bread sculpture competition, we had a big group ready to defend the title. But that’s for another post. 🙂